Zhou Xiaohu (b.1960, Changzhou) is a pioneer of video animation in China and one of the first artists to work sculpturally with this medium. Although originally trained as an oil painter, he began using computers as an artistic tool in 1997.
One of China’s best-known and most prolific contemporary artists, the work of Zhou Xiaohu makes viewers question the evidence of their senses and their assumptions about the so-called ‘facts’. Working across performance, photography, installation, sculpture, video, and animation, Zhou’s practice reflects the documentation of history in a digital age, where particular details become privileged, fabricated, altered, and/or omitted. He has worked with stop-motion video animation, video installation and computer-gaming software; the inter-layering of moving pictures and real objects to produce new image-relationships has become his signature style.
The work of Zhou Xiaohu has been exhibited extensively internationally including at MoMA, New York, US; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK; Kunst Museum, Bern, Switzerland; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; the International Center of Photography, New York, US and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria. Zhou Xiaohu is represented by Long March Space in Beijing.